Havana, Dec 2 (Prensa Latina) With the arrival Sunday of 176 Cuban health professionals, there are nearly 3000 who are back on the island after the decision not to continue participating in Brazil”s More Doctors program.
This morning, the Jose Marti International Airport received the fifteenth medical flight from the South American country, where the hostility of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro led the Cuban Ministry of Public Health to take this position.
‘We return to our homeland with pride in our duty fulfilled and ready to work wherever we are needed’, said Dr. Lidice Hernandez on behalf of the group.
In a brief welcoming ceremony headed by the President of the National Association of Small Farmers, Rafael Santiesteban, the aid worker recalled that Cubans worked in Brazil in the poorest and most intricate areas.
We were often the only hope for these very humble patients, said Hernandez, who regretted the impact of Bolsonaro’s aggressiveness on the health of millions of Brazilians.
For her part, the Vice Minister of Health, Regla Angulo, highlighted the sensitivity, altruism, dignity, dedication and professionalism demonstrated by the Cuban collaborators in More Doctors program.
Regarding the decision not to continue in the program created in 2013 by the then president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, pointed out that it is a question of dignity.
Bolsonaro does not know that Cuba does not make policy with the health of any people, she said.
The president-elect has made repeated attacks against the island’s government and aid workers, in addition to advancing his intention to force them to revalidate the degree and individual hiring, actions contrary to what was agreed in the program.
Some 8,300 Cuban doctors were in Brazil at the time of the decision not to continue participating in More Doctors program, so their arrival will continue in the coming days.
According to numbers offered here, in the five years of existence of the initiative, almost 20,000 professionals on the island treated more than 113 million human beings.